Vintage Americana BBQ for Graduation Party

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to clear a path and time in my day, to my computer. My family is in a very busy season and it’s times like this I’m so grateful Chris Ann and I co-blog. This morning it’s quiet. I think all the running around we’ve been doing is actually paying off with kids sleeping in.

But, I feel the home stretch coming! My oldest, is finished his senior year and off to London for the week. I had my final homeschool review on Tuesday and am now fighting the urge to just call the school year over…even though we are in the middle of two books and have a couple of weeks left of math. Our house guest Albert, from Holland left on Sunday and we’re in tech week for our homeschool co op play. One more day of painting sets and I think I’ll be breathing a little easier. In the midst of all of that, I’ve been scheming and dreaming up my son’s graduation party.

When we owned Jahva House, we also did mad catering. I think we kind of burned out, but having taken a number of years off, I’m getting my mo jo back and am actually a bit excited for his party. We have invited over 100 people for a Vintage Americana BBQ at our local park. I’ve been busy adding recipes and ideas to our Pinterest board in preparation for the day.


I’ve also been hitting thrift stores and have friends hunting yard sales for pieces of tablescaping that will make the day extra special.

My friend found over 100 of these mason jars, all in red and blue. I’m trying to decide if I should pre fill them with lemonade, ice tea and sangria and put them on ice. Or should I fill them with homemade cobbler like I did last year? I’m thinking of adding a strip of chalkboard paint to the front or top to put fill in guest’s names. What do you think?

Remember these?

I have about 60 of these. I’ve been running them through the dishwasher and love the way the colors come out faded just right.

I’ve hit the dollar bin at Target and the local craft stores and have stocked up on little accessories to add to the table.

The menu’s in the works. I’ll make sure and share it with you once my mind is made up. Are you cooking out for Memorial Day or Father’s Day? What are some of your tips and tricks for grilling out?

This post full of fun party finds was linked over at Simple Designs  ~ Thrift Haul


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